Berdych beats Monfils for title in France|
Montpellier, France (Sports Network) - Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas
Berdych outlasted French crowd favorite Gael Monfils in Sunday's title match
at the Open Sud de France tennis tournament.
The top-seeded world No. 7 Berdych snuck past a third-seeded 13th-ranked
Monfils 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in just over two hours on the indoor hardcourt at
Berdych broke for a 5-3 lead in the final set and closed it out in the next
game with a resounding ace. The big Czech tallied 12 aces and
three service breaks in the big victory, while Monfils settled for 11
aces and only one break in defeat.
"I expected a tough final," Berdych said. "I felt he was the best player on
the other side of the draw. It was a close match, decided by one or two
points. I'm happy that I was the one to become the champion and get the last
break and finish it with my serve.
"It was a great week. It's a nice place to play tennis. I was surprised to
come to an indoor tournament with such a high level. It's great to have a
title from here."
The 26-year-old Berdych is now 2-0 lifetime against Monfils, who captured
this French event the last time it was contested, in 2010.
The 2010 Wimbledon finalist Berdych is now 7-6 in his career ATP finals, while
Monfils, who is now a dismal 4-13 in his career finals, dropped to 0-2 in a
pair of 2012 title tilts, as he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an all-French
championship match in Doha last month.
Berdych's first-place check is worth $95,000.
02/05 13:12:01 ET